No. 34 Men’s Tennis Visits Yale, Hosts Brown

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 34 Harvard men's tennis (17-6, 3-1) heads to Yale Friday afternoon before hosting Brown Sunday to wrap the final full regular season weekend of Ivy League play. Both matches are scheduled for 1 p.m.

Thank You Seniors!
The Crimson has four seniors playing in their final home match Sunday. Captains Denis Nguyen and Alex Steinroeder, as well as Shaun Chaudhuri and Henry Steer will suit up in Crimson for the final time in Cambridge. The class has helped Harvard to a 77-22 record over four years, including three trips to the NCAA tournament.

Nguyen, Nguyen, Nguyen
At the No. 1 position this year, No. 37 Denis Nguyen holds a 16-11 overall record, including a 10-7 mark in dual matches. Teaming up with sophomore Brian Yeung, the pair has earned 19 wins this year, holding a 12-6 mark in dual action to sit No. 17 in the country.

Yeung Money
Sophomore Brian Yeung owns a 17-6 overall record, including a 13-5 mark since starting dual matches. The Hong Kong product boasts perfect marks at the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6 positions and has won eight of the last 10 matches.

Last Time Out
Harvard bested Princeton, 4-3, Sunday as freshman Kenny Tao clinched the match to push the Crimson to 3-1 in Ivy League play. After losing the doubles point, the Crimson bounced back to win four points in singles play.

Scouting Yale
The Bulldogs dropped two matches a week ago to fall to 11-9 overall and 1-3 in Ivy League play. Yale fell at Cornell, 5-2 and Columbia, 4-0. Tyler Lu holds the No. 1 spot for the Bulldogs. In his 23rd year, head coach Alex Dorato has compiled a 294-236 career record.

Scouting Brown
The Bears also dropped matches to Cornell (7-0) and Columbia (7-0) last weekend to move to 15-5 overall and 1-3 in conference action. Justin To competes at the No. 1 slot. Head coach Bryan Koniecko returned to Brown in August to start his first year at the helm of the Bears.

In the Rankings
Harvard sits at No. 34 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Poll this week after rising as high as No. 18 March 3, its highest ranking since 2013 (18). The Crimson is one of five Ivy League teams ranked. Individually, senior Denis Nguyen ranks No. 39 in singles play. Nguyen and sophomore Brian Yeung sit No. 17 in doubles action.
Team

Jan. 6

29

Jan. 20

30

Jan. 28

32

Feb. 3

30

Feb. 17

25

Feb. 24

22

March 3

18

March 10

21

March 17

22

March 24

33

March 31

36

April 7

35

April 14

34

 

Home Cookin'
Harvard owns an 11-2 record at home this season, beating opponents by a combined score of 68-24. The Crimson's two losses came at the hands of No. 23 Vanderbilt and No. 28 Columbia.

LIVE! From the Murr, It's Men's Tennis
For the second-straight year, all Murr Center matches will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch matches both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all Harvard athletic events through the duration of their subscription.

Fall Ball
Denis Nguyen and Brian Yeung wrapped the fall season with a spot at the 2014 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships after winning the doubles event at the ITA Regional Championships. In the semifinals of the regionals, Nguyen and Yeung bested Cornell's Vrabel and Casares to square off against Dartmouth's Sakinis and Kipuoras. The duo turned away the Big Red pair for the USTA/ITA regional championship title.

#Winning
The Crimson finished the fall season with an 81-39 (.675) record in tournament play. Sebastian Beltrame and Andrew Ball both registered a 10-3, while three Crimson student-athletes picked up wins over ranked opponents (Beltrame, Denis Nguyen and Alex Steinroeder).

Last Year
The Crimson is coming off an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as Denis Nguyen became Harvard's first All-American since 2005 with a semifinals appearance in the men's singles draw. 

On the Sidelines
David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, is in his 39th season with the Crimson after coaching the men's tennis team to an 18-7 record last season and leading the Crimson to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the third-straight season. Fish was named the winner of the 2014 ITA Meritorious Service Award in December.